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Heavenly Body Lotions

Hot weather can really dry out your skin, so it’s extra important to pay attention to it during the summer months. Although this year hasn’t really felt like summer much in my corner of the world, except for the glorious heat wave we had, I still like to experiment with nourishing body lotions to keep my skin in good condition. Here are a few of my favourites, which I hope you’re going to love too…

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER

beautyspotblogFrom the delicious and quirky Soap & Glory range, with its retro and witty packaging comes a rather special body butter. As it says on its fun packaging, you might swear you’re wearing velvet! Smooth and intense, with softening shea butter and moisturizing aloe vera as well as cocoa seed butter, coconut oil and rosa moscheta seed oil, it’s super creamy but not too rich. Of fast absorption, non-greasy and reminiscent of the Miss Dior Chérie fragrance, this body cream is divine. The fragrance includes bergamot, mandarin and musk, with floral, fruity and woody notes. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter comes in a 300ml container and in a mini handbag-size too – all their packaging is lovely.

For more information go to www.soapandglory.comTHE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ MINI is priced at £2.50.

DHC OLIVE BODY BUTTER

beautyspotblogDHC OLIVE body butter is also very nourishing for your skin, with a delicate scent. It seals in moisture from top to toe, enveloping your skin in a rich veil of hydration. It contains cocoa and shea butters, as well as emollient oils: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, aqualane and argan oil. Your skin will feel soft and silky, with a non-greasy after-feel. It comes in very pretty and delicate circular packaging, with a dynamic and lively green apple and rose scent – so uplifting even on a grey day!

For more information go to www.dhcuk.co.ukDHC OLIVE body butter 100g is priced at £15.50.

BETTY HULA CHAMPAGNE & SPICE

beautyspotblog3Another vintage find that you’ll love and that will make a great gift for that girlfriend who adores all things vintage is the Betty Hula Champagne and Spice moisturizing cream with shea butter. Made with natural ingredients and featuring a luxurious, unusual fragrance, this product is creamy yet light, and gets absorbed immediately, leaving a decadent scent behind. This product also comes in Rum & Blackcurrant, in quirky and pretty 120 ml containers, with a hand-crafted look that will look fabulous in any bathroom.

Betty Hula Champagne and Spice is priced at £12.99. For more information go to bettyhula.co.uk.

DOVE INDULGENT NOURISHMENT BODY LOTION WITH SHEA BUTTER

beautyspotblog2This has a very pleasant texture and is quickly absorbed. The scent is gorgeous, and it truly envelops your senses in a nourishing cloud of creamy goodness. It contains Dove’s DeepCare Complex nourishing ingredients, filled with active moisturisers than will keep your skin soft and smooth for 24 hours, with a delicate fragrance that will complement any perfume.

Dove indulgent nourishment body lotion with Shea butter is priced at £3.49. For more information go to www.amazon.co.uk.

5 reasons to LOVE this lip balm

laiafarrangravesLips often get forgotten when it comes to moisturising. I apply cream on my face daily, but I don’t moisturise my lips unless they feel sore or I can see it’s a windy day outside. And I don’t wear make up every day – I’m a great believer in looking after your skin and in the principle that less is more – so they don’t get moisturised by wearing lipstick. However, when I came across this coloured lip balm I was converted. Jane Iredale’s Lipdrink SPF15 Lip Balm is a real find. It’s a very soft lip balm, which I tried in a brand new beautiful shade called Flirt that is subtle enough to look completely natural. It protects from the sun, intensely hydrates and adds a hint of colour to your lips. It also comes in a berry shade called Crush, a brown shade called Buff and as a lip balm with no colour, just a bit of sheen, called Sheer. So here is why I think you will love Jane Iredale’s Lipdrink:

  1. The colour: it’s soft and subtle and looks completely natural, just your lips on a better day
  2. The scent: as you apply it you will smell the uplifting scent of the zest of a lemon being crushed into your lips
  3. The fact that this product is completely cruelty free, vegan and gluten free – so it’s a little stick of goodness
  4. The ingredients: natural oils including avocado, carrot seed and lemon peel to name but a few
  5. The texture: it’s so intensely moisturising that it literally glides on and protects you from the sun for softer, more kissable lips.

Need I say any more?

For more information go to janeiredale.com/uk. Lipdrink SPF15 Lip Balm is priced at £14.00.

 

Smelling of roses

laiafarrangraves.pngThere are night creams and then there are night creams, and the Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial from KORRES, is definitely in the latter category.

It’s a night cream with a difference, because it acts like a facial and repairs your skin while you sleep, providing intense hydration. It also contains vitamin C for extra potent skin brightening and radiance, reinforcing the natural cell renewal process overnight. When you first apply it, its velvety texture literally melts away into your skin leaving it smelling simply delicious – sweet with a hint of flower. It’s intensely hydrating and soft on the skin, so it’s suitable for all skin types, and contains wild rose oil and hyaluronic acid to help combat dry skin – something I’m always battling with. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and especially love how nurturing it feels when I apply it, and also how my skin feels in the morning – no tightness or dullness. It’s definitely a little bit of luxury at your fingertips, and worth investing in if you have the slightest tendency to dry skin. So make sure you get your beauty sleep…what’s not to like?

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial RRP: £26.00 and available to buy online from www.MarksandSpencer.com. For more information go to www.korres.com

 

 

Spritz on your sun screen

laiafarrangravesIt’s finally hot: it’s summer, my favourite time of year, but a season that can be very harmful for your skin if you don’t protect it sufficiently. I always wear factor 50 sun cream on my face, all year round, because it’s exposed – it may sound excessive to some but I truly believe that when it comes to skincare, prevention is key and sun damage can age your skin prematurely. I normally use a lotion, but when I saw this new Invisible Hydrating Mist SPF50 from Vichy, I simply couldn’t resist trying it out. It’s designed for your body, but I’ve also used it on my face and it works well. The obvious advantage using this product has, is that it’s extremely easy to apply, just spray on and Bob’s your uncle. It’s also invisible, meaning that it leaves no streaks or white marks on your body or clothes, so you can wear it with any outfit. It’s designed for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and it’s also unisex – my husband sprays it on before cycling to avoid greasy hands, and I’ve used it on my toddler when, pool in sight, she has no patience to wait for cream to be applied. The formula filters UVA and UVB harmful rays to protect the skin. It’s also enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water (soothing, fortifying and regenerating) for maximum hydration – contains no Parabens and is Hypoallergenic. It’s a very clever idea and a great family all-rounder that can keep you all protected from the sun. In short,  think this one is a keeper: easy to use, effective and offering all-round protection. The only drawback is that you can’t carry it in your hand luggage if you’re off on a short sunny break, but then again you’re bound to find some at the airport…

For more information go to www.vichy.co.ukInvisible Hydrating Mist SPF50 from Vichy is priced at £16.50. It’s also available in SPF30. Ideal Soleil is available at Boots Nationwide and at www.boots.com.

 

Bath-time made easy

beautyspotblogHaving a bath can be an intensely relaxing experience, which can be enjoyed at any age – especially at the end of a long day. Bathing a baby, on the other hand, although fun and rewarding, can also be extremely stressful.  To ensure that as a parent you enjoy this magical experience, and to avoid feeling under pressure when co-ordinating the balancing act that is holding a wet baby and a small towel with only two hands, I strongly advise you to give Cuddledry a go. When I first read about it, I wasn’t sure if it was one of those pointless inventions that although sound great on paper, when it comes to it don’t actually make your life any easier – a chargeable milk frother comes to mind…But trying it out was a revelation: the towel is generous in size and works like an apron (you fasten two poppers behind you neck) that is long enough to fold back on itself and ‘become’ a towel. So when you hold your baby before bathing them you have plenty of fabric to ensure they’re kept warm without their clothes on, and – of course – when you pick them up, you can wrap them up generously and most crucially use both hands to do this is.  So if you’re going to a baby shower any time soon or need to get a baby a new gift, this is something that is both practical and cuddly at the same time. It comes in a number of designs and colour-ways (from leopard print to pale blue and pink) and it’s made of pure unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre. It really is silky soft and dries very fast once used. In a word: genius.

For more information visit www.cuddledry.com. Prices start at £29.99.

Fancy a drink? 3 steps to hydrated skin

This season, quench your skin’s thirst with maximum hydration.

laiafarrangravesIf your skin is anything like mine, this harsh cold weather – combined with spring’s sporadic sunny spells – will be drying it out like nobody’s business… As well as drinking water and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, skincare is key to your skin’s appearance and health. A hydrating cleanser, serum and moisturiser are the three essential steps to take when combating dry and dehydrated skin. I’m currently taking action by using a trio of ‘hero’ products from Environ – one of my all-time favourite brands.

Firstly, I’m using their C-Quence Cleanser morning and night. Why do I like it? Because it feels super-soft and gentle on the skin, whilst giving it a noticeable boost (it features hydrolysed oat extract that is very moisturising). It comes in pump form too, so it’s easy to see the amount required without spilling or wasting it – and in case you were wondering, it’s suitable for all skin types. After this, I’m applying their Focus Hydrating Serum, again twice a day. It’s a see-through, almost-liquid product (bursting with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid) that you apply before your moisturiser, and that literally disappears on application, leaving your skin feeling instantly refreshed. beautyspotblogTo finish off, Environ’s Super moisturiser + provides your complexion with all the hydration it needs, all day long. It’s fairly light in texture and feels wonderfully creamy. Because it restores the natural moisture balance of your skin, you will also notice that it eliminates any feeling of tightness you might have felt before. You can use it alone or as an extra boost, in addition to your existing moisturiser, for more effective results. The great thing about this skin regime and, in fact, all of the Environ product range in general, is that the results are gradual and long-lasting. They’re not a quick fix or instant transformation, but over time I believe a good routine pays off and produces much better results than other less holistic approaches to hydration and anti-ageing. Both the serum and the cleanser are part of Environ’s ionzime skin care range, which contains a combination of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides that work together to create a smooth, healthy and glowing skin. For more information go to www.environskincare.com. Products are available from Environ’s UK and Ireland distributor www.iiaa.eu +44( 0)20 8 450 2020.

 

KORRES to the rescue!

beautyspotblogAre you ready for Christmas? If – like me– you’re a last minute shopper, read on for some inspiration that could be just the ticket for those ‘question marks’ on your shopping list… Just in time for Christmas, the legendary Greek natural brand KORRES has launched the most exquisite four new gift sets, which could be the answer to your prayers: the Shower Gel Collection (£10 – a collection of 4 travel-size shower gels), the Bergamot Pear Collection (£15  a set which includes a shower gel and body milk – this by the way happens to be my favourite), the Mediterranean Trio (£26 which has a shower gel a body milk and a body butter) and finally the  Guava Collection (£20 this one contains a guava shower gel a body milk and mandarin lip butter stick).
The lovely thing about these gift sets is that not only they’re original and unusual in their scent combinations, but they’re presented beautifully, and the quality of the products – they only use natural products with no added chemicals – is second to none. Consequently their aroma and texture are as light as they are exquisite. The Guava range, for instance, smells sweet and tropical, reminiscent of that holiday feeling, whereas the Bergamot Pear is as refreshing as a fruit sorbet after a heavy meal. Let’s face it, one can never have enough luxury bathroom products (especially if they look beautiful in your bathroom) so if you’re after some last minute inspiration you can’t go wrong with these sets…

KORRES Christmas sets are available to buy in-store and online from selected stockists, including debenhams.com.

About the products:

1. KORRES BERGAMOT PEAR COLLECTION RRP: £15.00. Go “festive fresh” with the Bergamot Pear collection. Reminiscent of sunny walks in the blooming countryside, this  fresh, fruity and floral body line sets the holiday mood; Let the citrus accords, the aquatic tones and the fruity nuances refresh your senses. 
Contains: BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml

 2. KORRES MERITERANEAN TRIO RRP: £26.00. Dazzling fresh Basil Lemon, freshly cut figs, bergamot and pears from Aegean island gardens; Reminiscent of long summer afternoons, the KORRES Mediterranean trio collection, instantly sets the mood for an idyllic get-away. Contains: BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml,FIG BODY BUTTER 125ml

 3. KORRES GUAVA COLLECTION RRP: £20.00. An invigorating blend of tropical fruits offer an exotic note in the middle of the winter. Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 250ml, GUAVA BODY MILK 200ml, MANDARIN LIP BUTTER STICK colourless 5ml

 4. KORRES SHOWER GEL COLLECTION GIFT SET RRP: £10.00. A Limited edition Mini Showergel set containing a deliciously scented quartet of KORRES most popular and best selling scents in miniature 40ml sizes. The perfect stocking filler! Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 40ml, BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 40ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 40ml, SANTORINI VINE SHOWERGEL 40ml.

Grapes: little end-of-summer gems

Beauty SpotAfter spending time this summer on the beach, I decided I needed some extra care in my everyday facial cleansing and toning routine. I’ve recently discovered an extremely hydrating toner, DHC Resveratrol Lotion. It’s gentle and frankly luxurious, yet incredibly light and with a wonderfully fresh scent. It helps promote smoother, more resilient skin as it contains resveratrol, combined with soothing, moisturising cereal extracts to help boost skin’s natural moisture barrier and help with environmental stresses. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes  – they produce it to protect them from adverse conditions, including UV rays, harsh conditions and climate – and it’s even been shown to promote the longevity gene. Introduce it to your daily routine for an extra boost of hydration – and an elegant addition to your bathroom! Plus, any product that helps fight signs of ageing can only be a good thing!

To use: wash your face and gently pat it dry. Apply toner to skin with hands or with the special DHC silky cotton. You’ll immediately feel refreshed, and your skin will feel nourished and soft, ready for your moisturiser.

DHC Resveratrol Lotion is Priced at £43.00. For more information go Dhcuk.co.uk.

Super moisturising action

laiafarrangravesThe summer is officially over, and with the weather changes ahead, your skin may be prone to getting dry. It’s time to take action (remember that it’s better to prevent rather than cure) and to intensify your moisturising routine, ensuring your complexion remains fully hydrated. Recently on the market is a great product I’ve been using over the past few weeks; luxurious and rich (yet light and easily absorbed) the new Environ intensive super moisturiser +, has been especially designed to combat enviromentally-induced dryness so it’s ideal to use during the dryer winter months. It contains Shea butter and pure grade Lanolin to protect the skin, as well as antioxidants to help shield it from the outside world. You can use it on its own or after a serum or day cream to boost its effect. I used it twice a day after cleansing and applying a brightening serum, and loved how it simply disappeared on application leaving no trace, just a feeling of freshness and healthy, hydrated skin. As I’ve experienced with all Environ products (I’m a massive fan!), it’s very effective and does what it says on the tin, so if you’re prone to dry skin this is the moisturiser for you. It’s so effective and gentle you can use it during pregnancy, when flying and it’s even used as after care following a cosmetic peel – to help keep skin hydrated and supple.

Super Moisturiser+ is ideal for:

  • skin that has become drier with age
  • skin affected by environmental factors
  • skin affected by changing climatic conditions
  • alleviating skin dryness following a peel
  • comforting sensitive or compromised skin
  • additional comfort alongside Environ’s vitamin A products
  • an alternative moisturiser for dry or sensitive skin

 Environ’s Intensive Super Moisturiser+ is packaged in a 50 ml airless pump dispenser, is priced £29.95 and is available from Environ’s UK and Ireland distributor iiaa (www.iiaa.eu /+44( 0)20 8 450 2020). For more information go to www.iiaa.eu

Wyboston Lakes – the perfect getaway

beautyspotbloglaiaIf you’re in need of a break, check out the Wyboston Lakes hotel complex hidden away near Cambridge… I arrived at the hotel at about 10,30 pm on a weekday, after a long day. The train from King’s Cross was so speedy it felt more like a flight, earache included – but it got me to St Neots in no time. I arrived at the hotel complex courtesy of a chatty and well-travelled taxi driver, and when I eventually got there (in the dark, it was a maze of green spaces and hotel buildings) I was informed that my booking was made for the following day in error, and that the hotel was fully booked. However, the very efficient and helpful staff found me a perfectly adequate room in a nearby training centre. The building was fairly modern, carpeted and fairly neutral in design – a cross between a Spanish holiday resort (tiles and summery furniture) and a very English B&B.
The room was very clean and more of a little apartment, with a window overlooking a wild garden, a kitchenette which included a cooker and a fridge, and a bathroom. The television had seen better days and had very limited channels; however, I wasn’t there for the entertainment but for the purpose of relaxation! The bed was huge, very comfortable, and I had a very good night’s sleep. beautyspotThe next day I made myself a morning coffee in my room and went to have a shower. It seems that having so much green around has one minor side effect – spiders! As I walked into the shower I was greeted by a massive spider and thankfully managed  not to scream and wake up the entire 501-540 section of the building. It hid somewhere, probably more scared of me than me of it, and I had a very pleasant power shower. The bathroom was pleasant, clean and tidy. I had breakfast amidst a crowd of corporate executives whom, judging by their animated conversations, were attending meetings in the center. Breakfast was a buffet with the usual offer of English breakfast, cereals, tea and coffee. I would have liked more fresh fruit in the menu, but the healthy eating choice was good. This is a hidden gem of a hotel complex. If you want to get away from it all or need to be near Cambridge and/or Milton Keynes, this is an excellent hotel choice. It is surrounded by green and even a lake, and has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Wifi and phone reception weren’t the best, but strangely enough, this small issue contributed to making my stay there even more relaxing – I had, literally, switched off. It also offers the superb Y Spa, which you can book to enjoy treatments or enjoy their facilities for the day.

For more information go to Wybostonlakes.co.uk.